List of compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote several works well known among the general classical public—Romeo and Juliet, the 1812 Overture, and his three ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. These five, along with two of his four concertos, three of his six symphonies (seven if his program symphony Manfred is included), and two of his ten operas, are probably[according to whom?] among his most familiar works. Almost as popular are the Manfred Symphony, Francesca da Rimini, the Capriccio Italien, and the Serenade for Strings.

Works by opus number[edit]

Works with opus numbers are listed in this section, together with their dates of composition. For a complete list of Tchaikovsky's works, including those without opus numbers, see here.[1] For more detail on dates of composition, see here.[2]

Opp. 75–80 were published posthumously.

Works by genre[edit]




Concertos and concertante pieces[edit]

Other orchestral works[edit]

  • Ode an die Freude (Schiller), für SATB Solo, SATB und großes Orchester (1865)

Program music and commissioned pieces[edit]

Orchestral suites and Serenade[edit]

Incidental music[edit]

  • Dmitri the Pretender and Vassily Shuisky (1867), incidental music to Alexander Ostrovsky's play Dmitri the Pretender
  • The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka), Op. 12 (1873), incidental music for Ostrovsky's play of the same name. Ostrovsky adapted and dramatized a popular Russian fairy tale,[4] and the score that Tchaikovsky wrote for it was always one of his own favorite works. It contains much vocal music, but it is not a cantata or an opera.
  • Montenegrins Receiving News of Russia's Declaration of War on Turkey (1880), music for a tableau.
  • The Voyevoda (1886), incidental music for the Domovoy scene from Ostrovsky's A Dream on the Volga
  • Hamlet, Op. 67b (1891), incidental music for Shakespeare's play. The score uses music borrowed from Tchaikovsky's overture of the same name, as well as from his Symphony No. 3, and from The Snow Maiden, in addition to original music that he wrote specifically for a stage production of Hamlet. The two vocal selections are a song that Ophelia sings in the throes of her madness and a song for the First Gravedigger to sing as he goes about his work.


  • Two Pieces, Op. 1 (1867)
  • Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2, 3 pieces (1867)
  • Valse-caprice in D major, Op. 4 (1868)
  • Romance in F minor, Op. 5 (1868)
  • Valse-scherzo in A, Op. 7 (1870)
  • Capriccio in G, Op. 8 (1870)
  • 3 Morceaux, Op. 9 (1870)
    • 1. Rêverie
    • 2. Polka de salon
    • 3. Mazurka de salon
  • 2 Morceaux, Op. 10 (1871)
    • 1. Nocturne
    • 2. Humoresque
  • 6 Pieces, Op. 19 (1873)
    • 1. Rêverie du soir [Вечерние грезы] (G minor)
    • 2. Scherzo humoristique [Юмористическое скерцо] (D major)
    • 3. Feuillet d'album [Листок из альбом] (D major)
    • 4. Nocturne [Ноктюрн] (C minor)
    • 5. Capriccioso [Каприччиозо] (B major)
    • 6. Thème original et variations [Тема и вариации] (F major)
  • 6 Morceaux, Op. 21 (1873)
  • The Seasons (Les saisons), Op. 37a (1876), 12 pieces
  • Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37 (1878)
  • Album pour enfants, Op. 39, 24 pieces for piano (1878)
  • 12 Morceaux de difficulté moyenne, Op. 40 (1878)
  • Six Morceaux, Op. 51 (1882)
  • Dumka, Russian rustic scene in C minor for piano, Op. 59 (1886)
  • 18 Morceaux for piano, Op. 72 (1892). Some of these pieces were used in a cello concerto arrangement by Gaspar Cassadó.
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in C minor, Op. posth. 80 (1865)

Chamber music[edit]

Choral music[edit]

A considerable quantity of choral music (about 25 items), including:

Arrangements of the works of others[8][edit]

Composer Work and forces Arranged for Date
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest", first movement Orchestra (4 versions) 1863
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 "Kreutzer", first movement Orchestra 1863–64
Bortniansky Complete Church Music, choir Choir, edited July – November 1881
Cimarosa "Le faccio un inchino", trio from Il matrimonio segreto (available for 3 voices and piano) 3 voices and orchestra 1870
Dargomyzhsky Little Russian Kazachok, orchestra Piano 1868
Dargomyzhsky "The golden cloud has slept", 3 voices and piano 3 voices and orchestra 1870
Dubuque Maria Dagmar Polka, piano Orchestra 1869
Glinka "Slavsya" from A Life for the Tsar, arr, couplets Mixed chorus and orchestra February 1883
Joseph Gungl Le Retour, waltz, piano Orchestra 1863–64
Haydn "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser", 4 voices Orchestra by 24 February 1874
Kral "Ceremonial March", piano Orchestra May 1867
Herman Laroche Karmosina, Fantasy Overture, piano Orchestra August – September 1888
Liszt "Es war ein Konig in Thule", voice and piano Voice and orchestra 3 November 1874
Alexei Lvov "God Save the Tsar!" (the then national anthem), chorus and piano Mixed chorus and orchestra February 1883
Sophie Menter Ungarische Zigeunerweisen, piano (short score) Piano and orchestra 1892
Mozart 4 works arr. orchestra as Mozartiana (Suite No. 4) June – August 1887
Mozart Fantasia in C minor, K. 475, piano Vocal quartet (Night) 15 March 1893
Anton Rubinstein Ivan the Terrible, Op. 79, orchestra Piano duet 18 October – 11 November 1869
Anton Rubinstein Don Quixote, Op. 87, orchestra Piano duet 1870
Schumann Symphonic Studies, Op. 13 (piano), Adagio and Allegro brillante Orchestra 1864
Schumann "Ballade vom Haidenknaben", Op. 122, No. 1, declamation and piano Declamation and orchestra 11 March 1874
Stradella[a 4] "O del mio dolce", song with piano Voice and orchestra 10 November 1870
Tarnovsky Song "I remember all", arr. Dubuque for piano Piano duet 1868
Weber Piano Sonata in A, J. 199, Scherzo Menuetto Orchestra 1863
Weber Piano sonata in C, J. 138 – Perpetuum mobile Piano left hand 1871

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Works - Tchaikovsky Research".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Paul Collin". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ Russian Fairy Tales, Spring 1998: Snow Maiden Archived 1997-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ John Warrack, Tchaikovsky, Comprehensive List of Works: Choral Works, p. 273
  6. ^ 9 Sacred Pieces (Tchaikovsky, Pyotr): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  7. ^ "Tchaikovsky Research: Nine Church Pieces (TH78)". Tchaikovsky Research. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  8. ^ John Warrack, Tchaikovsky, Comprehensive List of Works, p. 279


  1. ^ Not related to the much later symphonic ballad The Voyevoda, Op. 78.
  2. ^ Revised later as Cherevichki
  3. ^ Originally performed on a double-bill with The Nutcracker
  4. ^ The aria is now believed to have been written by Gluck, from his opera Paride ed Elena: "O, del mio dolce ardor (Gluck)". Tchaikovsky Research. Retrieved 20 May 2020.


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